In the end of October, 19-year-old Caia Delavergne was shot in the head by a new acquaintance. Incredibly, she survived. Now, her mother, Chelan Schreifels is speaking out against gun violence.Download AudioSchreifels is organizing an Orange Walk in Anchorage. It’s part of a larger national movement to raise awareness of gun violence in honor of the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary.Schreifels says her daughter was hanging out with a man named Conor when his best friend Christian burst into the house and started shooting.Photo courtesy Chelan SchreifelsSCHREIFELS: Caia was sitting in the upstairs bedroom, they were getting ready to watch a movie and he ran upstairs, found her sitting on the bed then shot her point blank in the face and then he left.She did call 9-1-1 from her phone, but they weren’t able to help her because they didn’t know where she was, because she didn’t know the address she was at.So she didn’t want to go downstairs because she was afraid he was still in the house, so she jumped out the second story window and actually saw him exit the house, after she had jumped out, and saw him drive away. Thankfully he didn’t see her. And then she got up and ran out the road on 5th and N Street and started trying to flag down some vehicles to help her. And multiple vehicles passed her by without stopping, and finally one person did stop and they determined that she needed help. Got her in the car, called 9-1-1, and sat there with her and held her until the police were able to come.”HILLMAN: In the first initial weeks, I’m sure you were mostly thinking about your daughter, but how did it make you think about gun violence differently?SCHREIFELS:Well, the first thing is, obviously there was a lot of shock, but just that feeling of, this is wrong. I should not have had to worry sending my child to college in her first semester of university. I’d literally just been in Anchorage in September, so I’d seen her six weeks before. Moved her into her dorm. It just seemed so unreal that this could happen. The more I found out about Christian [the alleged shooter] and on his Facebook page, he’s glorifying guns and has so many pictures and videos of himself shooting high-powered assault rifles. I kept thinking thank goodness it wasn’t worse. Thankfully she survived and she’s making a recovery now and she’ll be able to make a full recovery. Obviously, that was a life-changing moment for me.And this is not the first time I’ve been affected by gun violence in my life. I’ve lost two very close family members and multiple friends. And I grew up in Mountain View and shootings were almost a daily occurrence. And I thought it was normal, but two years ago I moved to Japan and it took me about or 3 months to realize that I wasn’t living in fear when I was walking around anymore. It was a big wake up moment for me in that gun violence is not a way of life everywhere.HILLMAN: What are you hoping the effects of the Orange Walk will be? What are you hoping it will change?SCHREIFELS: My big thing with the Orange Walk is I’m hoping it can bring people together. I myself am a gun owner as well as most of my friends and my family. And so I’m not against gun ownership or gun rights, so to say. But I am against people infringing up our liberty and our feeling of safety in the community. And I want everybody to come together—gun owners, non-gun owners—all of us to come together and understand that we’re in this together. We’re going to put a face on violence and say it’s unacceptable. We’re not going to stand for our innocent family and friends being gunned down any more.The Orange Walk will start at 9 a.m. on Saturday at the Delaney Park Strip in downtown Anchorage.
HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster Stay on target Steadfast with a penchant for getting in sticky situations, kindred spirits the Doctor and Winnie-the-Pooh find their worlds collide in a new collection of verse.A riff on A.A. Milne’s classic Now We Are Six, BBC Books’ upcoming Now We Are Six Hundred compiles 50 ballads inspired by the world of Doctor Who.“This is a collection of charming, funny and whimsical poems that celebrate the joys, sorrows, and wonders of Time Lord life,” according to the publisher.Author James Goss—a regular contributor of Who and Torchwood tie-in novels and audio stories—called the job a “delight.”“Who could resist retelling the fiendish Daleks’ Master Plan in verse?” he said in a statement. “Or finding bizarre and ludicrous rhymes for monster names?”The real draw (because who actually likes to read poetry?) are the charming illustrations by former showrunner Russell T. Davies, in his first role as cartoonist.“I’ve been drawing for Doctor Who long before I was writing it, so it was like time-travel for me, voyaging back to that young scribbler who used to cover his school desk with Daleks,” the writer and producer said.“BBC Books have carefully baited an irresistible trap to lure people into reading poetry,” Goss joked. “Russell’s beautiful illustrations make this the most charming Doctor Who book there’s ever been (and I’m including that magical first Doctor Who book you discovered as a child).”Doctor Who: Now We Are Six Hundred: A Collection of Time Lord Verse hits UK shelves on Sept. 14—two weeks before National Poetry Day on Sept. 28. Fans in the US can pre-order a hardcover copy for $13.51 or the Kindle version for $12.99, ahead of its Sept. 26 release.“This is a book I’ve long wanted to publish,” BBC Books publishing director Albert DePetrillo said in a statement. “James and Russell have realized the idea brilliantly, well beyond anything I’d hoped. It’s something very special, a unique gift for every Doctor Who fan.“For full effect, please be sure to read these poems aloud to your friends,” he added. “Preferably more than once.”Get a sneak peek at “The End,” Goss’s take on Milne’s original composition:“When I was OneI was not much funWhen I was TwoI was barely throughWhen I was ThreeI liked strong teaWhen I was FourI hated a boreWhen I was FiveI was really aliveWhen I was SixI somehow could never quite fit in to what was expected of me,well, not exactly but that was because things weren’t neat andthere are no easy rhymes in the universe and scansion, my dearPeri, is a thing that’s really overrated and you only have to lookat a sunset to realize that creation itself is a poem and oh nowait, got it, of course, Fix! The line needed to end with Fix!”